Autonomous Nature: Problems of Prediction and Control From by Carolyn Merchant

By Carolyn Merchant

Autonomous Nature investigates the historical past of nature as an lively, frequently unruly strength in pressure with nature as a rational, logical order from precedent days to the clinical Revolution of the 17th century. besides next advances in mechanics, hydrodynamics, thermodynamics, and electromagnetism, nature got here to be perceived as an orderly, rational, actual global that may be engineered, managed, and controlled. Autonomous Nature makes a speciality of the heritage of unpredictability, why it used to be an issue for the traditional global in the course of the clinical Revolution, and why it's a challenge for this present day. The paintings is determined within the context of vignettes approximately unpredictable occasions equivalent to the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, the Bubonic Plague, the Lisbon Earthquake, and efforts to appreciate and are expecting the elements and typical mess ups. This booklet is a perfect textual content for classes at the atmosphere, environmental background, heritage of technological know-how, or the philosophy of science.

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